DoJ reminds RTC: Downgrading of suit vs Delfin Lee not yet final

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has questioned a Pampanga court’s decision allowing Globe Asiatique president Delfin Lee to post bail despite a pending appeal before the Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling downgrading the charges to simple estafa.

Acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon reminded the Pampanga regional trial court branch 42 that the SC decision is not yet final and executory.

“It was questioned in the RTC that the issue of bail should not be considered for now as there is a pending MR before the SC. It was likewise raised that since there is no finality of judgement yet and the decision not being immediately executory, the court should defer action on the request for bail by the accused,” Fadullon said.

Fadullon confirmed reports that the RTC reportedly allowed Lee to post a bond of P40,000 last Thursday.

“Unfortunately, bail was granted. We are going to discuss the possible options with the private prosecutors and proceed from there,” he lamented.

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